Detroit Tigers reportedly sign Niko Goodrum and Kevin Comer

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: A detail of a Detroit Tigers hat and glove are seen during warm ups against the New York Yankees during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: A detail of a Detroit Tigers hat and glove are seen during warm ups against the New York Yankees during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 28: A Detroit Tigers hat, glasses and glove sit on the dugout stairs during a MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on June 28, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers win on a walk off home run 5-4. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /

Kevin Comer

As it would happen, Comer himself announced in a tweet on Friday that he was joining the Detroit Tigers orginization.

The right-hander was the 57th-overall pick in 2011 by the Toronto Blue Jays.

However he has spent most of his minor league career in the Houston Astros’ minor league system.

A former starting pitcher, Comer transitioned to the bullpen full time, producing some excellent results along the way.

In 63.2 innings for Houston’s Triple-A club in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, the reliever was a bit unlucky as his BABIP finished at .367.

Still, he struck out 10.46 batters per nine innings to go along with a 3.68 ERA and a 3.78 FIP.

The right-hander surrendered just 0.71 home runs per nine frames while notching a 72.8% strand rate.

It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see Comer develop into a consistent contributor for the Tigers. The bullpen is in flux, to say the least and the former Astros farmhand certainly has shown he can consistently record outs.

If the season started today, and this is purely speculative mind you, only Shane Greene, Alex Wilson, Daniel Stumpf and perhaps Joe Jimenez would be assured roster spots in the bullpen.

That should leave plenty of room for Comer to crack the Major League roster at some point next season.

Coincidentally, we here at Motor City Bengals actually wrote last week about Comer being an intriguing depth piece that the Tigers should take a flier on.

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